Tinturn Abbey

As far as Tin Turn Abbey goes, I would say it aligns best with the ideas surrounding the picturesque. I say this because the Gilpin’s essay on the picturesque demands roughness, a quality that seems to be observed and cherished by Wordsworth. Tin turn alley seems to focus more on the wonder that nature produces, rather than the horror. I believe he embraced the unending surges of nature because of how humanity works. Rather than viewing nature with the human eye, he seems to tolerate humanity only because of his preoccupation with nature.  This sentiment seemed most strong on page 393, lines 127-134.

“The mind that is within us, so impress

With quietness and beauty, and so feed

 With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tonugues,

Rash judgements, nor the sneers of selfish men,

 Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all

The dreary intercourse of daily life,

 Shall e’er prevail against us.


Here I found Wordsworth to be parallel with the ideas of the picturesque because he is recognizing the smoothness as well as the roughness of life and nature, he notes the nature’s relation to humanity in lines 90-112 which I won’t be quoting because I have no internet to google them with, nor the drive to manually copy. To paraphrase, While humanity is inclined to subdue itself, he notices something inside himself and nature that is equal and opposite of this suppression, something powerful and wonderful that cannot be quashed, that the dreary intercourse of daily life cannot defeat. It’s the combination of these two facets of life that show the picturesque best. The tendency of smoothness that is always subverted by nature as it presses on without a care. Life’s endless roughness, its dynamic and unpredictable course is the counter to its own inherent tedium.


One thought on “Tinturn Abbey

  1. A sound argument for the case of the picturesque, especially in that it notes the combination of roughness and beauty, but not so much of horror. You say at one point that “[Wordsworth] embraced the unending surges of nature because of how humanity works.” Well, “how humanity works” is an interesting but vague concept that needs to be expressed more specifically here. What exactly did you mean by that, and how is it exemplified in the poem?

    You start to get at that question in your following discourse, but a strong definition followed by targeted analysis will get your idea across to your reader more cogently. This will be especially important when you write papers.

    Good effort, but late. Please complete blog assignments by 8pm the night before class.

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